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Biological Illustration

Biological illustration is a concentration offered jointly by the Visual Arts Department and biology program. The focus of this program is the specific application of visual/artistic skills towards biological/medical/scientific ends. You are trained to draw realistically and accurately as well as to master a variety of commercial design skills involving the reproduction of graphic materials. These skills, along with biological course work, will prepare you to enter graduate programs leading to a master’s degree in biological/medical/scientific illustration. This highly specialized field of study leads to a rewarding career combining art and biology.

Biological Illustration is a concentration for the visual arts major. If selected, the following classes must be completed in addition to the visual arts core classes.

Core Classes:
ART 345 Figure Drawing: Intermediate

Drawing in pencil and charcoal from the live model (gesture and extended poses, including portrait work). Attention is paid to anatomical structure and proportion.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 245 or permission of instructor.

ART 371 Biological Illustration: Intermediate

Traditional rendering class with emphasis on close observation and accurate description of natural forms in wash, colored pencil, water color and pen and ink.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 271 or permission of instructor.

ART 471 Biological Illustration: Advanced

Traditional rendering class with emphasis on close observation and accurate description of natural forms. Media is expanded to include gouache and colored pencil.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 371 or permission of instructor.

Recommended Electives:
BIO 102 Biological Science
Please speak to your academic advisor for more information.
BIO 150 Introductory Zoology

Basic zoological principles as illustrated by selected representatives of the animal kingdom. Topics include a survey of animal types with reference to taxonomy, morphology, ecological relationships and evolution. Laboratory exercises provide hands-on experience.

Spring Semester, even years.
4 semester hours.
Prerequisites: SCI 102, BIO 111 or BIO 112.

BIO 202 Comparative Vertebrate Biology

Chordate types with emphasis on the structure of vertebrate animals and the evolution of vertebrate systems. Laboratory includes comparative dissections.

Spring Semester, odd years.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: BIO 150 or instructor permission.

BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology I

A study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: BIO 111, SCI 102 or equivalent.

BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology II

A continuation of the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, endocrine and reproductive systems.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: C or higher in BIO 211.

BIO 307 Physiology
Please speak to your academic advisor for more information.
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